Taste of the Valley Art & Food Festival hosts rib, chili cook-offs
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Cooks will vie for $500 top prizes during rib and chili cook-offs at the inaugural Taste of the Valley Art & Food Festival in September.

People can apply through the Tracy Chamber of Commerce for a place at the stove during the new festival in downtown Tracy that is replacing the Tracy Dry Bean Festival.

The barbecue rib cook-off will take place Sept. 6 on Ninth Street near Central Avenue.

Tracy Chamber of Commerce President Sofia Valenzuela said the rib cook-off is limited to the first 12 people who enter. The entry fee is $40.

Contestants must take their own barbecue pits or smokers to the downtown site, where all cooking must be done. They will have six hours to prepare the ribs for judging.

The chili cook-off, on Sept. 7, is open to the first 10 people who register. The entry fee is $35.

Cooks will have five hours to make at least two quarts of red chili, chili verde or home-style chili at the festival on 10th Street at Central Avenue.

In addition to the official judging, visitors can vote for their favorite dish using the Tracy Chamber Festival & Events mobile application.

The winners in the rib and chili cook-offs will receive $500. Second- and third-place finishers will receive trophies.

The deadline to apply for both cook-off competitions is Aug. 15. Entry forms and complete rules can be found at www.tracychamberevents.com or at the chamber office, 223 E. 10th St.

• Contact Glenn Moore at gmoore@tracypress.com or 830-4252.

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